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Postcards from the Edge

Posted Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 08:58 am GMT -6 in Travel at 8:58 AM

Finally scanned a bunch of old postcards I found in the basement and uploaded them to a new gallery on 7 Minute Miles.

I totally love the old font used on so many of these – anyone know what it’s called?

Originally published by DK on June 30, 2010 at 8:58 am

The Price is Wrong…

Posted Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 06:03 pm GMT -6 in Pop Culture at 6:03 PM

A Mark Goodson – Bill Todman Production

My dad tried to get on this show more than once. I was always mad that I wasn’t old enough to be on it. Too bad that’s not the problem any more, eh?

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Seiko PC Datagraph

Posted Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 05:22 pm GMT -6 in Technology at 5:22 PM

Because when it comes to new ideas, the world is coming to Seiko.

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Basement Treasures – Disneyland 25th Bottle

Posted Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 12:41 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Pop Culture at 12:41 PM

This bottle made me a little sad as I realized that Disneyland is celebrating their 55th anniversary this year. The 1980 penny inside is still shiny and kid two wants to know how they got it in there to begin with. Good question!

As some of you know, my family members have been big Disney fans as long as I can remember. The first trip I can remember to Disneyland was 1975 during the bicentennial celebration. With my mom working at Northwest, we pretty much just alternated between California and Florida for many, many years.

I really like the old Disney souvenirs. I found a bunch of older postcards too that I’ll scan soon. Stay tuned…

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Basement Treasures – Stampede Belt Buckle

Posted Monday, June 28th, 2010 09:52 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Pop Culture at 9:52 PM

How many nerds out there can say they have one of these bad boys? That game was pretty terrible, too, if I remember correctly…

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Basement Treasures – Northwest Orient Egg Plane

Posted Monday, June 28th, 2010 12:27 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Pop Culture at 12:27 PM

This weekend I did some cleaning in the basement and found all sorts of fun stuff. I’ll start posting photos here this week, starting with this this excellent Northwest Orient egg plane. I think the “Orient” name was dropped in 1986 after the Republic merger, so I’m guessing this is from the mid-80s.

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm

2010 Grandma’s Marathon

Posted Sunday, June 27th, 2010 11:43 pm GMT -6 in Marathons,Running at 11:43 PM

Last weekend I ran my sixteenth marathon (and sixth Grandma’s). This one was technically against doctor’s orders (who said I should wait 4-6 weeks after breaking my toe), so I guess I shouldn’t be too upset with my regression in times.

After setting my new PR earlier this year in Eau Claire, I was hoping for another sub-4 race (even with the toe). The weather turned out to be decent and the first half of the race went well. I started out with the 3:40 pace group for the first two miles, then tried to catch the 3:30 group. I got within shouting distance, but then started to slow down.

I hit the halfway point in 1:52, but really wanted to quit around mile 17. Turns out not running for four weeks was a bigger problem than the toe – my knees and thighs were killing me. The splits for the final Duluth miles were terrible, but I still managed to finish in under four and a half hours (4:28:56 – 10:16 pace). Looks like my watch erased the last few miles, but here are the first 22 miles:

  • 8:08, 8:08, 7:39, 7:42, 7:54, 8:15, 8:30, 8:53, 8:55, 8:28, 9:12, 9:19, 9:51, 9:51, 10:39, 11:14, 11:19, 11:25, 12:03, 12:34, 12:45, 12:54

As always, this race was incredibly well organized. I know there is more competition for spring marathons, but Grandma’s is special. I’ll keep coming back as long as I can – it’s a true Minnesota running tradition. Special thanks to all of the on-course volunteers at the water stops and at the finish who made me feel like the most important runner they had seen all day.

My legs and feet are feeling OK now and the swelling on the broken toe is mostly gone. I had a nasty sore on my waist from where my iPod was clipped to my shorts, but that’s healing now too. I may take another week off from running, but then need to start preparing for Twin Cities in October.

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Loveland Colorado and Red Rocks

Posted Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 04:29 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Travel,Work at 4:29 PM

My job has taken me to Loveland, Colorado, the past two weeks to work on a large education project. I’ve enjoyed working on this one a lot – the scope is large and interesting, the client employees are great and I’m working with a very knowledgeable co-worker for the first time. Loveland and Berthoud are very nice towns with the typical western U.S. look to them (and majestic mountains off in the distance).

Food and lodging have been pretty nice – the Best Western I’m at was recently remodeled and the locally-owned restaurants I’ve been to have been excellent (Bent Fork Grill and 4th Street Chophouse). I’ve been loving the Chick-fil-A across the street from the hotel too (maybe loving that a bit too much).

Last week I took an evening off and drove down to Morrison, Colorado, to catch the Joe Cocker/Tom Petty concert at Red Rocks. That venue was amazing and is by far the best place I’ve ever seen a live show. I took a walk around the Trading Post trail before the show and got a little winded on the 1.4 mile trek. Stunning scenery, though.

As for the concert, both acts were firing on all cylinders. I enjoyed Joe Cocker’s set more than I thought I would, with lots of great songs (You Can Keep Your Hat On, With a Little Help from My Friends, Shelter Me, You Are So Beautiful, etc.). The official Tom Petty site has a nice summary of the show with photos and here is the setlist:

  • Kings Highway
  • Listen to Her Heart
  • Won’t Back Down
  • Free Fallin’
  • Oh Well
  • Mary Jane’s Last Dance
  • Driving Down to Georgia
  • Breakdown
  • Jefferson Jericho Blues
  • Taking My Time
  • First Flash of Freedom
  • Running Man’s Bible
  • I Should Have Known It
  • Good Enough
  • Learning to Fly
  • Don’t Come Around Here
  • Refugee
  • (encore) Running Down a Dream
  • You Wreck Me
  • American Girl

Heading back to Minnesota tomorrow night. Up next: Tapemark on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then off to Hurley, Wisconsin, for another week.

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2020 Run Mileage: 2.3
  • 2020 Bike Mileage: 0

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